In addition to our work with students, TJ Arts strives to enrich the community with a variety of cultural events and programs.
1. Sweet Sweet Jazz: Our flagship event, a jazz concert, is held in October of each year and features the student Jazz bands from Thomas Jefferson High School as well as the TJ Alumni Jazz Band. TJ jazz alums from the past four decades join together for this special evening of jazz for the community, led by former TJHS band director Ray DeFade.
2. Hot on the Arts: In June of each year, we present a cabaret-style theatrical performance called Hot on the Arts. TJHS Alumni and other community members provide an evening of singing, dancing, and acting for the community to enjoy.
3. Classic Crooners: Along with these events, TJ Arts has created a special program called Classic Crooners. We provide an experienced choral director who works with senior members of our community in a local assisted living facility. This programs allows residents to reconnect with the songs of their past as well as with each other. This past summer and fall, the program was held at Atria South Hills and culminated with a performance during the facility’s light-up night festivities.
This spring we are continuing the program with 25 – 35 participants. This session will culminate with the Crooners performing a musical number in Hot on the Arts in June.
4. Theater Field Trips: TJ Arts has begun to organize trips for community residents to see professional theater. We have negotiated special pricing for our groups.
This year we organized 2 trips to Pittsburgh Public Theater: Our Town by Thornton Wilder and Company by Stephen Sondheim.